Bombardier CSeries remains on the ground while engineers finish systems integration tasks.
Bombardier¡¯s new CSeries airliner won¡¯t fly by the end of July as most recent program schedules had indicated, the company confirmed in a statement released Wednesday. It now expects first flight to occur ¡°in the coming weeks.¡±
¡°The CSeries aircraft¡¯s overall integration is progressing well; however, the highly technical last steps are taking more time than initially anticipated to validate the overall systems and ongoing software integration,¡±said the statement.
Still, the company said that the integration of the first flight test vehicle¡¯s auxiliary power unit and Pratt & Whitney PW
¡°Seeing the first CSeries aircraft power up on the tarmac was a thrilling event,¡±said Bombardier Commercial Aircraft president Mike Arcamone. ¡°We have now entered the ultimate phase of systems integration and validation on the first flight test vehicle as we submit brand-new technology to in-depth tests,¡±
What Bombardier calls important and complex preparations for first flight includes ¡°aircraft in-the-loop¡± testing. During ACIL tests, engineers ¡°fly¡± the aircraft on the ground in a simulated flight environment to ensure the first aircraft behaves in the same manner as experienced with the on-the-ground Complete Integrated Aircraft Systems Test Area (CIASTA), also known as ¡°Aircraft 0.¡± Next, the flight test team plans to conduct low- and high-speed taxiing.
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